dimanche 13 juin 2010

64 bits Python installation on MacOS X Snow Leopard

N.B. : Pour une raison mystérieuse, j'ai rédigé cet article en anglais. Désolé pour ceux qui ne lisent pas l'anglais. J'essaierai de ne pas recommencer.

Here is how I installed Python 2.6.5 on my machine. Here is what I get at the end:
  1. Python 2.6.5 with both 32 bits and 64 bits executables
  2. Virtual environments with virtualenv
  3. 64 bits NumPy, SciPy and Matplotlib
  4. A bunch of other useful packages
  5. The power of Python
I based myself mostly on this post by Jesse Noller and this one by HyperJeff. Unfortunately, the instructions in these posts were not completely sufficient for me and I had to fiddle around a lot to get the complete setup I was looking for.


Download the latest Python source code and unpack it

$ curl -O http://www.python.org/ftp/python/2.6.5/Python-2.6.5.tar.bz2
$ tar jxvf Python-2.6.5.tar.bz2

To build an installer for Snow Leopard, we need to tweak one line of the

$ cd Python-2.6.5/Mac/BuildScript/
$ mvim build-installer.py

Here, I used MacVIM to edit the file. Use whatever editor you like. At
line 78, replace
SDKPATH = "/Developer/SDKs/MacOSX10.4u.sdk"
SDKPATH = "/Developer/SDKs/MacOSX10.6.sdk"
And around line 139 replace
if DEPTARGET < '10.5':
if DEPTARGET < '10.7':

Before running the script, I had to create the directory where
third-party sources would be downloaded.

$ mkdir ~/Universal/other-sources

All you have to do, is to run the script:

$ ./build-installer.py --dep-target=10.6 --universal-archs=intel

This will build an installer for 64 bits Python 2.6.5 with support for
readline. The disk image containing the installer is located in
/tmp/_py/diskimage/. Just mount the dmg file and install Python by double clicking on the pkg file.

By default, python is a symlink to the 32-bit version, and so is pythonw.
To change that, simply modify the symlinks in
/Library/Frameworks/Python.framework/Versions/2.6/bin/ as follow:

$ cd /Library/Frameworks/Python.framework/Versions/2.6/bin/
$ sudo rm python python2.6 pythonw pythonw2.6
$ sudo ln -s python2.6-64 python
$ sudo ln -s python2.6-64 python2.6
$ sudo ln -s pythonw2.6-64 pythonw
$ sudo ln -s pythonw2.6-64 pythonw2.6


This nice utility allows one to have many different python environment
each of which is independent. You can then install a bunch of packages
in an environment. If you need a fresh environment, you then just create
a new virtualenv. You are free to switch from one virtualenv to another.

Start by installing easy_install and pip.

$ curl -O http://peak.telecommunity.com/dist/ez_setup.py
$ sudo python ez_setup.py
$ curl -O http://pypi.python.org/packages/source/p/pip/pip-0.7.2.tar.gz
$ tar zxvf pip-0.7.2.tar.gz
$ cd pip-0.7.2
$ sudo python setup.py install

Then, move on to install virtualenv and a wrapper script.

$ sudo pip install virtualenv
$ sudo pip install virtualenvwrapper

Create a directory for you virtual environments.

$ mkdir -p ~/local/virtualenvs

Add the following to your ~/.bash_profile.

export WORKON_HOME=$HOME/local/virtualenvs
source /Library/Frameworks/Python.framework/Versions/2.6/bin/virtualenvwrapper.sh
workon default

Source the .bash_profile file.

$ . ~/.bash_profile

Finally, just create the default virtual environment.

$ mkvirtualenv default

Numpy and SciPy

These two are by far the most annoying (but also the most useful). They depend on a few libraries which are either required or enhance efficiency a lot.

Download and install gfortran.

$ curl -O http://r.research.att.com/gfortran-4.2.3.dmg

Download and install FFTW.

$ curl -O http://www.fftw.org/fftw-3.2.2.tar.gz
$ tar zxvf fftw-3.2.2.tar.gz
$ cd fftw-3.2.2
$ ./configure CC="gcc -arch i386 -arch x86_64" CXX="g++ -arch i386 -arch x86_64" CPP="gcc -E" CXXCPP="g++ -E"
$ make
$ sudo make install

Download and install UMFPACK.

$ curl -O http://www.cise.ufl.edu/research/sparse/umfpack/UMFPACK-5.5.0.tar.gz
$ tar zxvf http://www.cise.ufl.edu/research/sparse/umfpack/UMFPACK-5.5.0.tar.gz
$ curl -O http://www.cise.ufl.edu/research/sparse/UFconfig/UFconfig-3.5.0.tar.gz
$ tar zxvf http://www.cise.ufl.edu/research/sparse/UFconfig/UFconfig-3.5.0.tar.gz
$ curl -O http://www.cise.ufl.edu/research/sparse/amd/AMD-2.2.1.tar.gz
$ tar zxvf http://www.cise.ufl.edu/research/sparse/amd/AMD-2.2.1.tar.gz

In the file UFconfig/UFconfig.mk, uncommment lines 284 through 287 and add
-DNCHOLMOD to the UMFPACK_CONFIG variable on line 154.

F77 = gfortran
CFLAGS = -O3 -fno-common -no-cpp-precomp -fexceptions
BLAS = -framework Accelerate
LAPACK = -framework Accelerate

The Makefile for UFconfig needs to be changed at line 28 in the install
target. There is a mistake on the location of the library. The line should

$(CP) libufconfig.a $(INSTALL_LIB)/libufconfig.$(VERSION).a

Then, build and install the various parts.

$ make library
$ sudo make install
$ cd ../AMD
$ sudo make install
$ cd ../UFconfig
$ make
$ sudo make install

This will build UFMPACK, AMD and UFconfig and install the headers and
libraries in /usr/local.

Download NumPy from the SourceForge download page
http://sourceforge.net/projects/numpy/files/NumPy/1.4.1/numpy-1.4.1.tar.gz/download and then install it.

$ tar zxvf numpy-1.4.1.tar.gz
$ cd numpy-1.4.1
$ python setup.py build
$ python setup.py install

Download SciPy from the SourceForge download page
http://sourceforge.net/projects/scipy/files/scipy/0.8.0b1/scipy-0.8.0b1.tar.gz/download and then install it.

$ tar zxvf scipy-0.8.0b1.tar.gz
$ cd scipy-0.8.0b1
$ python setup.py build
$ python setup.py install


Download from http://sourceforge.net/projects/matplotlib/files/matplotlib/matplotlib-0.99.3/matplotlib-0.99.3.tar.gz/download and untar.

$ tar zxvf matplotlib-0.99.3.tar.gz
$ cd matplotlib-0.99.3

The file make.osx is what is used now. However, as of this writing, using this file as is does not work. First, apply this patch
and then change the zlib version in make.osx to 1.2.5. Then, run

$ PREFIX=~/local/virtualenvs/default make -f make.osx fetch deps mpl_build mpl_install

Other useful packages

$ pip install mercurial
$ pip install ipython
$ pip install networkx
$ pip install nose
$ pip install sphinx
$ pip install sympy



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